"...The original sin was committed by the High Court. In the second decade after the Six Day War, when the settlement enterprise transformed from a marginal whim to the government's primary policy in the territories, the High Court was asked to present its stance by ruling on a series of petitions. Over the years the court's judges ignored the international law, which forbids the establishment of a settlement on conquered land, and instead focused on the issue of ownership: Jews are permitted to settle anywhere in the West Bank as long as the land is not Palestinian-owned.
This was convenient for everyone: The world viewed our court as a champion of human rights which addresses the grievances of conquered Palestinians; the court gave the Left an occasional victory against the settlers; and, most importantly, the court allowed Israel's governments to continue building in the West Bank like there's no tomorrow.
Peres and Galili launched the project; Begin advanced it and Sharon completed it. The objective was to prevent the establishment of an Arab country between Jordan and the Mediterranean Sea. Today, 300,000 Jewish settlers - who have a lot of political clout - live in the West Bank. Offering them the same compensation as the settlers who were evacuated from Gush Katif would cost the country hundreds of billions of shekels. So it is safe to say that the objective has been achieved...."
Monday, September 3, 2012
Posted by G, M, Z, or B at 6:06 AM